Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Rigaud S. Benoît
    born: Port-au-Prince, Haiti ; active: Haiti
    Antonio Joseph, artist
    1921–2016, active 1944–2016
    born: Barahona, Dominican Republic ; died: New York, United States ; active: Haiti
  • untitled, circa 1980
  • Where object was made: Haiti
  • screen print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 610 x 481 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 32 x 24 in
  • Mary Lou Vansant Hughes Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0287
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"The Ties that Bind: Haiti, the United States, and the Art of Ulrick Jean-Pierre in Comparative Perspective", 08-Sep-2018
Just as Catholicism pervades Haitian religious practice in complex ways, Catholic symbols saturate 20th-century Haitian art. These works represent Haitian takes on Christian myths, such as Mesidor’s depiction of Noah releasing a dove on his animal-filled
ark. Joseph’s illustration of a bountiful tree laden with a cornucopia of ripe fruits evokes the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, a biblical reference strengthened by its title (Paradise) and a depiction of a thorn-crowned Jesus. The untitled print borrows from botanical themes and ideas that associate fertility with
femininity, conflating images of a flowering plant with the stylized face of a woman that likely references the lwa (spirit) Erzulie La Sirène (Erzulie the mermaid).